About us

Our ambition is to help make the UK one of the most pro-innovation health systems in the world.

We will do this by bringing decision-makers from across the health service together with innovators from industry to accelerate impactful and cost-effective products in a way that hasn’t happened before.

  • For patients: this means access to new technologies and treatments faster than ever.
  • For clinicians: you will have access to cutting-edge innovations that will help you deliver excellent care.
  • For industry: we will help you understand the needs of patients and clinicians, and champion great solutions.
  • For investors: innovations that meet NHS needs will receive greater support, from proof of concept to national commissioning.

Formed in response to the Accelerated Access Review published in October 2016, the AAC is chaired by Lord Ara Darzi and has members representing each of the collaborative’s key partner organisations, listed below.

A new unit has been set up in NHS England and NHS Improvement to support the AAC’s work to provide a more joined up approach, at all stages, to ensure the best, new innovations reach patients faster. This work includes horizon scanning for upcoming, cutting edge innovations that meet the needs of patients and the NHS, to providing support for providers to enable faster adoption and spread of already proven new treatments and diagnostic tools.

‘Our goal is simple: speeding up access to the best technologies and products – leading to better care for patients. We are excited by this challenge and are proud to have such a prestigious and wide-ranging number of member organisations working with us.’ Lord Darzi, Chair of the AAC

AAC Board

The AAC board meets three times a year and has the following responsibilities:

  • To agree the priorities for the AAC in order to achieve its core objectives
  • To provide executive oversight and scrutiny to programmes of work that deliver the current and future priorities of the AAC as agreed by the board; and
  • To act as a forum by which cross-cutting activities which impact on the innovation ecosystem are explored and aligned.

Board members

Board meetings

The next meetings of the AAC Board is 10 November 2021.

Read the public minutes and papers from the board meetings below:

AAC Steering Group

The AAC Steering Group meets three times a year and has the following responsibilities:

To offer scrutiny, challenge and sense checking for AAC board agenda items and papers in order to ensure the board is effectively informed and is addressing the key issues in a timely manner

Devolved decision making (from the AAC board) on product selection for AAC priority programmes;

  • Oversight and scrutiny of delivery of AAC programmes
  • Liaising with AAC members to communicate and coordinate AAC activities throughout partner organisations; and
  • Making recommendations in response to additional requests from the AAC Board

Steering Group members

Steering Group meetings

  • The next meetings of the AAC Steering Group are 2 June 2021 and 6 October 2021.

AAC governance structure

AAC governance structure